Chic Insider: Big B’s Bbuddah… fashion story (by stylist Leepakshi Ellawadi)

If you’ve seen Amitabh Bachchan in the promos of the upcoming movie Bbuddah… hoga terra baap, you’ve seen his brand-new look: bold, striking, even quirky. There are bright colours, eye-catching prints and funky accessories (think green glares and yellow scarf).

Bbuddah hoga terra baap stylist Leepakshi Ellawadi Leepakshi Ellawadi, a sub-30 Mumbai-based fashion designer is behind the much-talked-about look. Her creativity has come full circle since her days in NIFT Bangalore, where she won the Best Design Collection award for her Hindi film-inspired collection (starring mostly Amitabh Bachchan).

As costume stylist for Big B in Bbuddah…, Leepakshi has come a very long way in a very short time. In an interview with Speaking Chic, Leepakshi narrates the story behind the fashion and costumes of Mr Bachchan in the movie.

Understanding Amitabh Bachchan’s character
The director Puri Jagannadh didn’t tell me the kind of look he wanted for the movie’s lead character. All I got were some CDs with his dialogues and character sketch. Mr Bachchan’s character is an ex-gangster in India for a mission. He’s sarcastic, outlandish and likes to be the centre of attention. Most importantly, he doesn’t believe he’s old, and doesn’t like being called “Bbuddah”.

Peeking into Amitabh Bachchan’s wardrobe
The first-look trial with Mr Bachchan went well. I discovered that he’s experimental and open to new ideas, and was surprised with the range of garments and accessories in his wardrobe. I absolutely loved his pair of tiger-print jeans which is nothing less than a work of art.

Costume concepts
Mr Bachchan and I sat together to discuss every scene of Bbuddah… hoga terra baap. As we evolved the looks, I realised that I needed to strike a balance between the character’s flamboyance and the essence of the scene.

Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baapSo even though I’ve experimented with colours and prints, I used mix and match, pairing the brights with more subdued tones. We needed to make sure everything’s in sync and nothing clashes. Even the inner linings of jackets are reds and greens. We teamed prints with contrasting shirts. For example, I’ve used a bright turquoise and shirt with a black body.

 

Shopping with Mr Bachchan
Mr Bachchan and I went shopping for the movie in London for 10 days, my look sheets in hand. He helped me a lot, telling me what he liked, even as people asked him for autographs and pictures.

We shopped at Harrod’s, Armani, Burberry, Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Gucci and Etro.

Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baap Amitabh Bachchan in Bbuddah hoga terra baap

About the famous glares—several of them are Mr Bachchan’s personal collection, handmade and handcrafted, and cost around Rs 15-20 lakh each. [Speaking Chic note: OMG, really?] I also used my personal collection of Pucci and Etro scarves that I’ve garnered over the years. and Mr Bachchan’s personal collection of watches in the movie.

Prints galore!
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Print-on-print is bang on trend right now, and Mr Bachchan wanted me to make some such pieces. I had some fabric from Chennai lying with me, so I made a piece for him. (He’s wearing that piece in Rang barse in the movie.)  The prints are mostly florals and paisleys and “engineered” prints.

The Big B experience
Leepakshi Ellawadi with Amitabh Bachchan for Bbuddah hoga terra baapIt has been an amazing experience working with Amitabh Bachchan—like living a dream. Early on in the shoot, when I’d knot Mr Bachchan’s scarf, my hands would shake. One day he grabbed my hand and asked why they shook. “It’s you!” I replied.

Thanks to Amitabh Bachchan for being so patient and stylish—he’s anyway so stylish,  he made my job a cakewalk!

Bbuddah… hoga terra baap releases July 1, 2011.

Chic First Looks: Amitabh Bachchan goes pop in Bbuddah, Aishwarya’s new Heroine

Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap releases in a fortnight, and Amitabh Bachchan’s first look from the movie is out. Surprise, surprise! The new angry young(?) man dons a pop-coloured look in the movie. The initial posters reveal Mr Bachchan  in colours made popular by Govinda—green, yellow, blue!

Buddah hoga terra baap poster Buddah hoga terra baap poster

Styled by Leepakshi Ellawadi, Amitabh Bachchan is sporting brightly-tinted sunglasses, and some very unexpected combinations of garments. Though we have reserved our verdict on this look till we see the movie, we’re happy to say that Mr Bachchan is willing to experiment with hatke looks despite his umm…. seniority.

What do you think of Big B’s fashion choice in Bbuddah hoga terra baap?

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in and as Heroine

Meanwhile, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan appeared in a purportedly leaked poster of Heroine, revealing… not much. All you see are her grey eyes and brownish hair parted in the middle.

Heroine poster Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Rumour has it that the picture in the poster (designed like a film rag cover) is an old picture of the actor. But you never know.

Meanwhile, another picture is circulating with red-lipped Aishwarya-Rai Bachchan’s bangs gracefully sweeping across her forehead—not sure where that image came from, but we think it’s popped up just to confuse us!

What do you think of the two distinct looks of Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in Heroine (assuming they’re for real)?

Chic accessories for every budget: ‘Coz it’s still summer!

Even as the first rain showers pour down in Mumbai, we’ve not forgotten that the hot weather is still around and most parts of the country will continue to bear the heat for a few weeks. And we summer accessories continue to rank high on our shopping list.

Alas, if only there was plenty of dough to buy every accessory we ever wanted! Well dahlings, there ain’t enough, so we’ve carefully picked the coolest summer accessories, based on price!

The accessories are affordable, and will keep you well for the next few weeks. 🙂

To make things simpler, we’ve broken up our prices into categories: Rs 500-1000, Rs 1000-2500 and Rs 2500-5000. And hey, the accessories labelled “Chic steal!*” cost less than Rs 500!

So take a take a look at our accessories of choice. Enjoy! (PS—refer to the guide below the fashion board to know where you can buy them).

Chic jewellery, hats and sunglasses

Chic summer accessories- jewellery, hats, sunglasses

Guide:

  1. Necklace from Marks & Spencer
  2. Cuff from Marks & Spencer
  3. Necklace from Aldo Accesories
  4. Flower burst Ring from Toniq
  5. Sunglasses from Fastrack
  6. Bleicher sunglasses from Aldo
  7. Sunglasses from Puma
  8. Hat from Aldo

Chic bags and shoes

Summer bags and shoes (accessories)

Guide:

  1. Two-tone fabric messenger bag from Zara
  2. Floral quilted messenger bag from Mango
  3. White handbag from Mango
  4. Betsy clutch from French Connection
  5. Red sandals from Tresmode
  6. Pumps from Tresmode
  7. Plaited sandals from Zara
  8. Flats with floral fabric from Catwalk

Chic accessories for every budget: ‘Coz it’s still summer!

Even as the first rain showers pour down in Mumbai, we’ve not forgotten that the hot weather is still around and most parts of the country will continue to bear the heat for a few weeks. And we summer accessories continue to rank high on our shopping list.

Alas, if only there was plenty of dough to buy every accessory we ever wanted! Well dahlings, there ain’t enough, so we’ve carefully picked the coolest summer accessories, based on price!

The accessories are affordable, and will keep you well for the next few weeks. 🙂

To make things simpler, we’ve broken up our prices into categories: Rs 500-1000, Rs 1000-2500 and Rs 2500-5000. And hey, the accessories labelled “Chic steal!*” cost less than Rs 500!

So take a take a look at our accessories of choice. Enjoy! (PS—refer to the guide below the fashion board to know where you can buy them).

Chic jewellery, hats and sunglasses

Chic summer accessories- jewellery, hats, sunglasses

Guide:

  1. Necklace from Marks & Spencer
  2. Cuff from Marks & Spencer
  3. Necklace from Aldo Accesories
  4. Flower burst Ring from Toniq
  5. Sunglasses from Fastrack
  6. Bleicher sunglasses from Aldo
  7. Sunglasses from Puma
  8. Hat from Aldo

Chic bags and shoes

Summer bags and shoes (accessories)

Guide:

  1. Two-tone fabric messenger bag from Zara
  2. Floral quilted messenger bag from Mango
  3. White handbag from Mango
  4. Betsy clutch from French Connection
  5. Red sandals from Tresmode
  6. Pumps from Tresmode
  7. Plaited sandals from Zara
  8. Flats with floral fabric from Catwalk

Chic finds: Summer essentials for guys

Why should girls have all the fun, right? With the change of season, it’s time for guys to update their wardrobes too. We dig out the bare summer essentials for the boys:

White shirt

Simple and summery, can be worn casually or to work. White linens are excellent for the terribly hot Indian summer.

Below: White shirt from Energie’s Summer/ Resort 2011 collection; white shirt from Zara.

Energie white shirt Zara white shirt

Fun summer wear

Even the “grownup” boys can have fun in the summer. These casual and fun shirts and tshirts are just for them. 🙂

Below (left to right): Tshirt from French Connection; shirt from Lee.

French Connection printed tshirt Lee blue shirt casual

Shorts/ Bermudas

In neutral shades or bright, plain or printed, nothing beats a pair of comfy shorts and bermudas to lounge around in.

Below (left to right): Look from Celio’s Spring/ Summer 2011 collection, bermudas from Lee.

Models @ celio fashion show (2) - CopyLee bermudas

Sneakers

Canvas or fabric sneakers in bright colours or white are ideal to pair with bermudas, jeans and casual Fridays.

Below (left to right): Sneakers from Energie; canvas sneakers from Converse.

Energie sneakersConverse canvas sneakers

Sunglasses

Hot sunglasses for hot weather!

Below: Sunglasses from Fastrack

 

Fastrack sunglasses

 

Bonus: Bright colours

If women can wear bold pop colours, why can’t men? And hey, they need not look like Govinda. 😛

Below (left to right): Yellow tshirt from Cantabil’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection styled by Rocky S; blue pants from Energie’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection.

yellow tee Cantabil Blue pants from energie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your brother/ friend/ boyfriend wearing this summer?

Chic Fashion: Summer essentials

It’s April already! The sun is out, and the days are getting longer and warmer. It’s time for a wardrobe upgrade. We bring you our list of chic summer essentials:

White shirt

Great for work and play, and versatile enough to be worn in several ways. Go casual with jeans, flats and an eye-catching clutch or wear it to office with tiny earrings or pearls and a formal office tote.

Below: white shirt from French Connection.

White shirt French Connection

Capris

Capris, three-fourths and cropped pants are just what we need for summer! They’re available in a range of colours this season from the basics to the brights, and the latter are perfect to spice up the drabbest of looks. Get them printed or plain.

Below: Both capris from Mango

Mango capris Mango blue capris

Shorts

If you’ve got great gams, flaunt ‘em! Cotton and linen ones will be comfiest for summer, and are great for casual outings and lounging at home. Dress them up a bit by pairing with a nice blouse, and you’re set for a movie with friends.

Below: Shorts from Marks & Spencer

Shorts Marks & Spencer

Flip-flops and flats

Put your leather boots in your closet for the next few months, and shop for some fun flip-flops, flats and chappals. They’re everywhere, from the high-end stores to local street markets.

Below: Flip-flop from Catwalk

Flip-flops from Catwalk

Summer dress

I love strappy, flowery, printed summer dresses. I usually cut down on accessories when wearing these, and let the dress do the talking. 😀

Below: Dress from Vizyon

Vizyon summer dress

Mini skirts

Fashion glossies say hemlines are longer this season (think maxis), but that doesn’t mean we ignore the minis. Wear sheath mini skirts with fun blouses and simple detailing, or with an over-sized tee.

Below: Denim skirt from Lee

Lee denim skirt

Brights!

Yellow, pink, orange, blue… wear them bright, wear them with a smile! 🙂

Below: Pink blouse from Vero Moda, orange tee from Zara.

Vero Moda pink top Zara orange tee

Sunglasses

Summer sun = sunglasses!

Below: Sunglasses from Esprit.

Esprit sunglasses for summer

What are you shopping for this summer?

Chic Find: Hot in sunglasses

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A few weeks ago, Speaking Chic’s post on oversized sunglasses created quite a stir among readers. Several readers said they hated big sunglasses, and that most people looked horrible in them.

But recently, a reader pointed out that there was one person who could carry off the big sunglasses really well. We checked and double-checked and pondered over it, and realised that our reader was right. Hurray! There is finally someone who can carry off the look. And that is:

…. Randeep Hooda!

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Yup! In Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Randeep plays Inspector Agnel Wilson in trademark Ray-bans (or are they Ray-ban lookalikes?), giving a decent performance, while adding considerably to the drool factor. From a cute and slightly cherubic guy in Monsoon Wedding, Randeep Hooda’s become a super hottie.

Meanwhile, if you’ve seen the movie, tell us what you thought of the 1970s look and Kangana Ranaut’s blingy costumes. We think the characters’ get-ups are in tune with the era, though we’re not so sure about Kangana’s one-shouldered gowns. What say?

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Big sunglasses: not so chic?


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Everyone has an opinion on fashion, including guys. Two brave and smart guys two Speaking Chic readers, both guys. Both are techies, both recently back from the US, and both wrote in separately to Speaking Chic. Both had the same complaint—women (and men) in oversized sunglasses.

Yes, we girls love those. But the guys hate them just as much. Mumbai-based Chandresh’s litany of complaints about sunglasses started with him seeking a good pair in the US. “The first time I tried the cool Ray-Ban Aviators, they turned out so big for my face, I could fit both my eyes in one lens.” And then begins his story of woe. “Few years back, I remember watching Paris Hilton wearing big sunglasses covering half her face. I figured she was just trying to get attention with such stupid glasses… And the next thing I see? Girls wearing glasses that have been carved out of their bedroom windows.”

Meanwhile, Satish opines that the big sunglasses hides the wearer’s beauty. The Hyderabad techie says, “These glasses look really funny when worn even by beautiful women. They hide their beauty, and all time and effort they spend to get their eyes to sparkle goes in vain.”

Good point, Satish. FYI, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra is known to never step out without her large sunglasses:

 

So what’s in store for the future of sunglasses? The guys are optimistic. “Perhaps time will heal everything including bad taste,” says Chandresh.

And Satish wrote: “Whether men we (men) like it or not, women wear what they like, and some of them end up looking funny!”

Point taken, gentlemen. But will the ladies listen? Take our poll and tell us what you think!

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